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September 2017

Student athletes respond to national anthem protests

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The First Amendment is one many Americans hold near and dear, but with members of the NFL and other sports organizations protesting the National Anthem, the limits of what people deem as appropriate have been tested significantly. The conflict is so widespread that it’s even reaching college campuses, including St. Cloud State University. On Wednesday, student-athletes met with Interim President Ashish Vaidya, coaches, and other administrators, to discuss the recent events and talk about what the University can and cannot let them do. Since SCSU is a public institution, the university is not allowed to punish students for sitting or linking arms during the national anthem and says if they choose to do so, they will support them in their efforts. However, some coaches want their players to take into consideration why they are protesting and how it might make some of their loyal fans feel. But for most of the athletes, it…

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MNSCU to waive college app fees for month of October

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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are planning to drop application fees from October 23rd-27th in part of a national movement to support of College Knowledge Month. “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are the most affordable and accessible in higher education,” said MnSCU Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhorta. “There has never been a better time to explore the many school program choices offered by the Minnesota State Campuses. I encourage all high school seniors, and anyone else considering how education can shape their future, to contact our colleges and universities to learn more about preparing for and embarking on their transformational path.” They also mention the schools waive fees for low-income students and those who serve in the military. MnSCU plans to do this for all of its institutions including both State Colleges and Universities. For more questions and information you can contact any school in the MnSCU system or visit their…

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“Hitman’s Bodyguard” shows comedy-drama balance

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The “Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the type of movie that you see when your first or maybe even second film option at the theater is sold out, that you are shockingly surprised that you enjoyed. The formula for the film is pretty basic one rule-breaking wildcard character (Samuel L. Jackson’s hitman Darius Kincaid) and the other an uptight, by-the-book character (Ryan Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce). So as you could guess the film forces the two opposite personalities together, and they must find a way to get along to make it to the end of the film. Bryce a former top bodyguard who slips from the top option after he allows a high-profile client died on his watch. Kincaid a criminal that is temporarily released from jail to be a case winning witness in a trial against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). A corrupt dictator of Belarus. Bryce is given the job of…

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Repealing and replacing Obamacare… here we go again

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The Republican Party last week trotted out their latest attempt to give a tax break to their corporatist masters in the form of the Graham-Cassidy Bill. This was the latest attempt to roll back Obamacare and weaken the current healthcare system as it stands today. In the Trump Administration, preserving the current status quo is the best average Americans can hope for. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have essentially punished the 31 states that have already expanded coverage under the marketplace. By taking the same pot of money allocated for those states and spreading it to all fifty, this would decrease the funds available for families already struggling. Beyond simply moving money around, it would have essentially ended the marketplace itself. Even more revolting, it would have permitted insurance companies to sell plans that don’t meet federal requirements to sick people and charge them more for those preexisting conditions. This included…

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Taking a glance at NFC predictions, Packers in control

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Hey, everyone! I know that you usually tune in for my political/social commentary (by the way, the Chronicle has blessed me with a new column, named “Freedom and Fiene” and I can’t wait to sink into it!), but I am a huge Cheesehead. With the NFL kicking off this weekend, I wanted to give a sneak peek into my expectations for the Black and Blue Division. Green Bay Packers (13-3) With the #1 quarterback in the league, the Packers stand to make another Super Bowl run. The additions of cornerback Davon House and rookie cornerback Kevin King bring a much-needed boost to the league’s 31st-ranked pass defense. 3 rookie running backs join Ty Montgomery in the backfield, with Jamaal Williams looking to be the change-of-pace back. Martellus Bennet and Lance Kendricks more than compensate for Jared Cook, lost to free agency. Despite scares from Minnesota and Detroit in their home…

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SCSU Women’s Hockey defeats Korean National Team in unique game

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The St. Cloud State Women’s hockey team kicked off their season with an exhibition game win on Friday night against the South Korean National Team. The Korean National Team is currently ranked 22nd in the World by the International Ice Hockey Federation. It’s the third time in the school program that SCSU’s women’s team faced an international competition. The Huskies were 1-1 in the previous two games but moved to 2-1 after Friday’s win. Eric Rud, the head coach of the Huskies, enters his 4th season at St Cloud State. His overall record as a coach for the Huskies is 30-69-9. His best season as coach came back in 2015-16 when he led the Huskies to a 13-18-4 record and finishing fifth in the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association). Rud coaches a young Huskies team this season as they have 12 new players. The new players consist of nine freshmen,…

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Online classes need significant overhaul

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One big critique of the government is it’s inefficient. There’s a duplication of resources, delays in responses and other frustrating features. Those are legitimate criticisms. No organization, public or private is perfect.   The public university system in the United States is competing with itself, not just state-to-state, but intrastate for students. In a bid to become more competitive and efficient, online learning has exploded in recent years, including the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (my alma mater) and St. Cloud State University. Unfortunately, online learning lags behind traditional classroom learning in a big way.  However, there are benefits to online learning. It has freed up a significant number of students to achieve postsecondary education for the first time. It has democratized information. It has opened up a new web of opportunity for literally the entire world.  That being said, there are not many guides on how to run a great online…

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Chamber Composition Concert impresses with new compositions

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In my visits to PAC events, I have experienced the experimental and the positively bizarre more often than I would have ever figured. In contrast, I haven’t been to many of the rather ‘normal’ fare events for the PAC. I anticipated the Chamber Composition Concert would be a nice change of pace, and I can tell you that notion was correct. The CCC is a recital series involved with Composition and Digital Arts programs, and has performers to interact with the student conductors to give feedback on and to give life to the compositions, and teaches composers to help their performers grow with their respective instrument amongst other avenues of improvements. According to Dr. Vermillion, who also attended the recital, the concert series has been active for well over 22 years, with a recent incorporation of the Contemporary Music Ensemble dating around 2 years ago. This concert was unlike many…

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How 90 Minutes of no power made its impact on St. Cloud State University 

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On Friday, September 22 at approximately 8:14 a.m., electrical power at St. Cloud State University and other parts of St. Cloud had failed. Xcel Energy, the local electric company, had shared exactly what went wrong that morning. “The failure was due to the splice of a wire,” stated a repair representative from the company. “That one wire and overall equipment failure had caused 1,900 customers of Xcel Energy to lose power.” Even though the incident did not last long – an hour and a half to be exact – it still caused some serious effects that occurred on campus. Staff at the Department of Residential Life were quick to act, making sure all of the residential halls were as functional as possible. Action by staff in each hall was taking place the moment the lights started to flicker on and off. Hall Directors and Community Advisors had reported immediately to…

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